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The Media and John McCain: How Someone Always Wrong Is Always on TV

Jon Soltz | Posted 10.19.2014 | Media
Jon Soltz

The number of times that Sen. McCain hasn't just been wrong, but deadly wrong, on matters of our security is nearly impossible to count. Maybe the DC fishbowl has convinced itself that McCain has been prescient. Well, I'm here to give them a quick education, because many of us who have served in the these conflicts are less convinced.

Why a Veterans Group Doesn't Endorse All Veterans

Jon Soltz | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

We veterans will always be bound together by a very special bond. That will never be broken. But that doesn't mean we have to all endorse the positions or candidacy of every veteran, just because they are a veteran.

Congress Can Avoid Iran War By Supporting Negotiations

Jon Soltz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

As an Iraq war veteran who served two tours, at the beginning and end, I can tell you that I understand the alternatives. They scare the living hell out of me.

Kasey Varner

Veterans Group Targets Leading Republicans In New Ad Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Kasey Varner | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

A new ad campaign by national veterans group VoteVets.org Action Fund takes aim at GOP Sens. Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Richard Burr (N.C.). Their qual...

Where Do Vets Stand on Shinseki?

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

What happened at the Phoenix VA is a real tragedy, and it deserves an investigation and a response. Without polling, I can tell you pretty much all of America's veterans believe that. But, what veterans don't seem to be saying yet, at least in the survey of our supporters, is that Eric Shinseki should resign.

American Legion Calls for Shinseki to Quit, But Should He?

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Yes, Secretary Shinseki does owe us an explanation. But he owes it after a thorough investigation of these serious allegations is able to determine exactly what happened. Shinseki has stated that if the investigation substantiates allegations of employee misconduct, swift and appropriate action will be taken.

Congressman Mike Coffman Calls for Third Iraq War

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Coffman said: "Certainly an advisory role, but certainly not anything beyond that. And that's if requested. I think we have to be very careful once out about reentering that particular conflict. I would say, in terms of regular troops on the ground, absolutely not." There are three points why, despite his moderate wording, Coffman is calling for yet another war.

Where Do Vets Stand on Pensions -- One Group Needs to Figure It Out

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

If Concerned Veterans for America wants to protect pensions, vets will be right there with them. But when the coda to that argument is the complete opposite -- "And let's privatize your pension" -- that's where you lose many troops who are depending on a stable retirement.

Amanda Terkel

90-Year-Old World War II Veteran Slams 'Repugnant' GOP Actions In Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans have refused to vote on a bill to reopen the federal government, with no strings attached. Instead, they want to reope...

How a Shutdown Affects Troops and Veterans

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

We know who will be impacted by a shutdown by Republicans, and we know it will be bad. The degree to which it will be bad is what is up in the air. When it comes to troops and veterans, much of that holds true.

Ted Cruz Threatens Troops, Veterans, and Their Families

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

For all the bluster from Senator Ted Cruz about the false reasons to fear Obamacare, the irony is that veterans should fear him and his Tea Party cohorts in the House of Representatives. After all, they're on a course to block troops and veterans from the health care they're owed.

Why Troops Are Against Syria Strikes

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Military members, above all, know that use of force -- short of an imminent danger -- is a last resort. And we're not at that point yet.

Could Avaaz Help Us Stop the U.S. Bombing of Syria?

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

We are within reach of doing something unprecedented: stopping a U.S. war before it starts by means of a Congressional vote. We have public opinion our side including a majority of Democrats, a majority of Republicans, and a majority of Independents.

Senate Bill Authorizes Tens of Thousands of Combat Troops In Syria

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

There is no such thing as non-combat troops when it comes to Syria. Just being over there constitutes being in a potential combat operation. It constitutes being put into harm's way.

The Military Case Against Syria Strikes

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Jon Soltz

Missile strikes, as limited and justified as they may be, are an act of war against the Assad regime. Yet, I get no sense that the United States has any clear idea of our strategic or operational end state.

President Obama Has Three Questions to Answer on Arms to Syria

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Recent history and the current intelligence on the ground supports the conclusion that the risks are just too great. After over a decade of war overseas, now is not the time to arm an unorganized, unfamiliar, and unpredictable group of rebels.

Blowing Billions on Nukes to Fight the (Long Dead) USSR

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

At a time when the budget is stretched to the breaking point because of poor decisions like the sequester, choices need to be made. If the choice is between taking care of our troops and veterans or protecting Europe from a ghost, it should be an easy choice to make.

The Second Amendment Is Safe. The American People Are Not.

Hal Donahue | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The Second Amendment is safe. The American people are not. Criminal background checks are a reasonable and sane way to reduce US gun slaughter while maintaining the right to bear arms.

Amanda Terkel

Veterans Call For Universal Background Checks In New Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A veterans group has a new ad making the case for universal background checks, arguing it doesn't make sense that members of the armed f...

Iraq Veterans' Thoughts on Today's Anniversary

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

War is not a game, and the statistics are not just numbers. These are real people, with real lives, and real families. The best thing we can do, today, is to remember their stories.

Hagel Enters Pentagon Stronger After Confirmation Vote

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Politically, the faux fight over Hagel's nomination has dramatically shown a Republican Party in complete disarray, in the midst of their own civil war. On one hand, there are some Republican senators who, today, put the nation above politics and refused to engage in sliming a great American veteran. On the other hand, there is an increasingly shrill fringe right who, in conjunction with the same neoconservatives who led us into Iraq, continue to show that they will put anything -- even American security -- below their own self-aggrandizement and continued campaign to oppose anything the Obama administration says or does.

The New Drone Medal and Why Troops Need Hagel

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Though the issue of drones is raging hot and heavy, I personally don't have an issue with the medal itself. What I do have an issue with is this: The new medal ranks above the Purple Heart. I cannot imagine that, had Hagel been secretary of defense, he would have approved.

The Cruz-ing of the Senate

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

A funny thing happened at the Senate Armed Services Committee vote on Chuck Hagel, this week. Senator Ted Cruz, who is quickly making a name for himself as a modern-day Joe McCarthy, turned a normal committee vote into his own personal circus, making outlandish smear after outlandish smear against Chuck Hagel that earned the ire not just of senators in the room, but Capitol Hill newspapers, national media, and even his home state newspaper. Thing of it is, Cruz knows very well who his base is: The increasingly shrill far right, which want to see vicious opposition to anything President Obama says, does, or proposes. People have joked, with some degree of truth, that if President Obama came out against drinking Drano, Tea Party Congressmen and senators would immediately go out and chug gallons of it.

Neocon Tantrums

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The hysterics of neoconservative senators has become a cacophony that's pretty similar to a room full of children. It's a series of tantrums that clearly shows they are losing, badly.

GOP Farce at Hagel Hearings

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

All the money spent by the Sheldon Adelsons of the world, to sink this nomination, is a colossal waste. Chuck Hagel will be confirmed, and neoconservative influence over our military policy will finally, and thankfully, be dead.